Day in history for August 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Joseph Blais for a monster watermelon, weighing 40 pounds. All hands at The Argus helped eat the delicious fruit.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The general health of the citizens of Rock Island is reported to be excellent, although a number of cases of malaria fever are said to exist in the county.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Barney Oldfield, the famous auto racer, arrived in this city today with his Green Dragon. He will attempt to set a new dirt track record at the Davenport mile track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Participation at the Rock Island playgrounds increased 10,272 during the season, according to a report made today by Mel H. Hodge, superintendent of the Playground and Recreation Commission.

1957 -- 50 years ago
With a score of .23 accidents per 100,000 miles, the payroll audit department of the Bituminous Casualty Corp. has won its third consecutive victory in the company's intra-departmental safe driving competition and thus takes permanent possession of the Bituminous Automobile Safety trophy.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline teachers started classes today without a contract after rejecting a negotiated settlement for the first time in the district's 14-year, collective bargaining history. Teachers will be in the classroom while negotiations continue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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